Today, in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Windsor decision striking down the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act, Marriage Equality USA is releasing the first in a series of intimate interviews with plaintiff -- and MEUSA volunteer -- Edie Windsor.
MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva writes:
Each of these videos, the first being released today with others to follow throughout July, explores Edie's life through her own words as she relates her story to her friend and MEUSA colleague, Cathy Marino-Thomas. From how she met Thea and got to know the LGBTQ world during their early days together, through their struggle to get married, and eventually to the DOMA case and the Supreme Court of the United States.
In today's video, Edie talks about the circumstances leading up to her decision to file her historic lawsuit. She recounts a Marriage Equality New York event ("circa 2005," the video says) where a representative of the Human Rights Campaign discussed the group's planned LGBT rights timeline -- what specific issues they wanted to push and when, etc.
"And somebody in the audience said, 'What about marriage?' And he said, well, that's a couple years down the pike. And [Marino-Thomas] came down from the stage with a microphone and stuck it in my mouth, and I said, 'I'm 77 years old and I can't wait!'"
Marino-Thomas asked Edie what gave her the courage to persist with the case, especially early on, when many naysayers were saying the timing wasn't right and warning that it could potentially backfire. "I was going," Windsor responded. "I thought, 'They don't know what they're talking about.' I also believe... there is no wrong time for justice. So if you're going to go for it, go for it."
Indeed. And look what happened because Edie went for it!
Watch MEUSA's interview, after the break.